Every October the NHS run Stoptober, a campaign that encourages smokers to give up. The idea is that smokers are much more likely to stop successfully when they have support.
During the Stoptober campaign, support is available through the Stoptober app, through a free personalised stop smoking plan and through a lively #Stoptober community across social media.
Smoking is detrimental to your health in many ways. Most people already know about the increased risks of lung cancer risks, emphysema and heart disease, but they may not know how much of an impact smoking can have on your teeth.
The obvious way that smoking damages teeth is by causing discolouration. Though this can certainly be an unpleasant side effect, it’s not as worrying as some of the other potential dangers.
Importantly, smoking can massively increase your risk of serious gum disease. Smokers have less oxygen in their blood flow than non smokers, which means that it’s much harder for your gums to heal. This means that gum disease often deteriorates a lot quicker in people who smoke than people who don’t. Over time, smoking could make you much more likely to suffer tooth loss.
Tooth loss and tooth decay as a result of smoking is likely to seriously impact on your teeth alignment. Malocclusions can develop as a result of this, which will have a significant impact on your dental health.
It’s also well worth noting that if you smoke, teeth realignment programmes may not work as well due to the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
The good news is that it’s never to late to stop. Giving up smoking can lower the risk of you developing these complications and will give you the best possible chance of a healthy mouth in the future.
You can sign up to join Stoptober here.